Meet the Coaches
Head Men's Basketball Coach
This will be Darren Tighe's first season as the head men's basketball coach at Ridgewater. Tighe comes to Ridgewater after a successful stint as an assistant coach at Redwood Valley High School where he helped the Cardinals to a State Tournament appearance in 2013 and a section runner up finish in 2014. Prior to that, he was the head boys' basketball coach at JWP High School.
From 2007-11, Tighe worked with the men's basketball program at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN under Head Coach Rick Jeddeloh. Tighe worked his way up the coaching ranks from 2nd assistant his first two years, to head assistant in 2010, to Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach in 2011. During that time, he helped the Vikings reach the conference tournament all four years along with a Conference Championship appearance in 2009.
Tighe's responsibilities at Bethany included serving as the Director of Recruiting Operations, Head of the Tape Exchange Program, Point Guard and Defensive Coach, and he led the individual skill development program. He also assisted with opponent scouting reports and was the summer assistant camp coordinator.
Tighe helped recruit one of the most talented classes in Bethany Lutheran College Men's Basketball History. The group's accolades include: six All Conference Awards, two All Conference Honorable Mention Awards, five UMAC All Defensive Team Awards, and one Conference MVP. The eight members were in the top 10 in all statistical categories including two 1,000 point scorers.
Tighe graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato with a Bachelors Degree in English Studies. He then went on to get his teaching license and his currently working on his master's degree in professional education.
Tighe currently lives in Redwood Falls with wife Samantha and their two year old daughter Adeline.
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach